The school supplies are bought, the bookbags packed, and schedules are set in place. It’s back-to-school season!
Whether you’re the kind of mom who cheers when the school bus comes around or the one who wishes she could hold onto those kiddos a bit longer (or like me – a confusing mix of the two!), back-to-school season marks a progression of time that we just can’t escape.
For many families, the new school year means a return to routine, and as such, it’s the perfect time to establish, or perhaps re-establish, some important habits.
I don’t know about you, mama friend, but my devotional time in the summer tends to be less consistent, and I find myself longing for a good long time in the Word, or an hour to just sit and pray. So while I hate the busyness that the school year brings, I welcome the chance to get back to a routine!
As I reflect on the past summer and think ahead to this coming school year, I know above all, I want to cover it in prayer. I want, no… need, to develop a more consistent prayer habit!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
We can always afford to spend more time covering our families, homes, relationships, work, ministries, etc. in prayer. In fact, I might argue that we can’t afford NOT to.
The resources for praying women below can help your back-to-school routine to incorporate more daily prayer by putting a specific plan into place!
What might happen in our homes, our churches, our communities if more women of faith really dedicated themselves to consistent prayer?
9 Powerful Resources for Praying Women
(a list of FREE or affordable Prayer Resources for Christians)
As much as I love to pray for my children, I recognize that a healthy prayer life begins with my own spiritual health. And let’s be honest, as mamas we often put the needs of others before ourselves – rightfully so.
But as I mentioned earlier, my soul longs to connect to the Vine. More than mothering well, my prime responsibility is to follow after God well. I simply cannot be the mother/wife/woman I need to be when I’m not walking in the Spirit.
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Prayer Guides for Personal Spiritual Growth
1. The Fruit of the Spirit Prayer Challenge from Faith Along the Way
Sarah Ann has created a short but sweet 7-day prayer challenge for women who want to see more fruit in their lives. This challenge is a great starting point for women who want to establish a regular prayer habit.
The best part? It’s FREE! All you need to do is sign up. 🙂
2. Praying the Scriptures for the Fruit of the Spirit by Jennifer Clarke
If you’re not sure where to start when praying the scriptures, this free e-book from my friend Jennifer is offering will point you in the right direction! In addition to the ebook, when you join her mailing list, you’ll receive a guide for 12 ways to add prayer time to your day.
(BONUS – Jennifer has a whole series on praying the Scriptures broken down by 40+ topics, too)
Prayer Guides for Your Family and Loved Ones
3. A Praying Woman’s Jackpot from Kaylene Yoder
A Praying Woman’s Jackpot from Kaylene is a HUGE set of prayer resources for women, covering the areas of marriage and parenting. This affordable bundle includes FIVE different resources to help you pray daily for the people who matter most in your life.
Talk about powerful resources for praying women!
4. The 30-day Prayer Dare for Parents from Kaylene Yoder
The 30-Day Prayer Dare for Parents, also from Kaylene, starts the beginning of September (and once again, it’s FREE for those who sign up)!
You’ll receive daily emails including prayers and scriptures to support those prayers, and if you want to take your prayer life a step further, you can also purchase an inexpensive workbook/journal to help you keep on track.
Sometimes we just need a bit of accountability to keep us going. 🙂
5. 31 Prayer Prompts for When Marriage Is Hard from Rebekah Hallberg
If you’re a regular around here, then you know that Rebekah is my co-author! She’s always busy providing practical help to women who are dealing with marriage issues and working to overcome them. This FREE printable gives 31 different prompts for you as the wife, for your husband, and for the two of you as a couple.
What better way to get back into a consistent prayer habit than to focus on uplifting your marriage through prayer!
6. Family Prayer Kits from Aimee Imbeau
These family prayer kits come with a separate prayer guide specific to each age group – children, teen guys, teen girls, and adults. Each resource is designed with the target audience in mind. The kits include everything from prayer journaling sheets, to bookmarks, and help with different prayer methods like ACTS.
As a favor to me, my friend Aimee has offered a special discount for Being Confident of This readers during the month of August! Use code “justpray” to get an extra 15% off your purchase!
I love Aimee’s family approach to the spiritual discipline of prayer!
For extra savings, you can purchase various bundles that combine the kits you need.
Prayer Guides for the New School Year
7. Back-to-School Prayer Challenge from Arabah Joy
Arabah Joy consistently develops resources that teach people how to pray using Scripture as a basis. You may have already encountered her book, Praying the Promises of the Cross, but this particular challenge focuses on praying for your children as they begin a new school year!
The Back-to-School prayer challenge helps you cultivate a habit of prayer through weekly video encouragement and daily prayer cards containing the scriptures to use while praying. All of the organizational work is done for you – you just have to put it into practice. 🙂
8. Mom’s Back-to-School Printable Pack from Faith Along the Way
Here’s another fantastic FREE resource from Sarah Ann to help you overcome the overwhelm that hits when a new school year starts. This pack also includes 30 days of prayer for the new school year!
Prayer Guide for the World
It’s easy to pray for the people right in front of you. After all, we see them every day, and we talk with them about their problems and worries.
It’s a bit more challenging to pray for people around the world whom you don’t even know. Their culture may be totally unfamiliar to you, as well as their needs.
But I think we can agree that one need we all have in common is for salvation through Jesus Christ!
So, if you’re in the same boat as me – determined to develop a consistent prayer habit, then you might find this free prayer printable helpful.
9. THUMB teaches you (and your family) to pray for the most unreached people groups of the world. Using each finger of your hand, you can use the acronym to help you remember the names of the people groups who are still desperate for God’s truth. This handy prayer printable also gives you helpful information on each group so that you can better pray for their needs.
Praying THUMB for the World is a part of the Being Confident of This free resource library available to all who subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Just sign up, download, and print! 🙂
Friend, if you’re taking a look at all of these fabulous resources and feeling too overwhelmed to even know where to start, then maybe you need this encouragement here: 8 Scripture Prayers for When Your Glass Is Empty But Your Plate is Full.
Start with God’s truth first by remembering who you are in Him – fully redeemed, fully loved, fully equipped.
Any praying you do must come from that place of resting in your God-given identity first.
If you’ve tried to establish a habit of prayer before and failed, then don’t give up! Don’t fall for the lies of the Enemy that you just don’t have time to pray, or that your prayers are ineffective.
Choose believe God’s Word when He says,
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
Fellow work-in-progress friends, let’s be like the persistent widow in Luke 18; let’s be women who pray without giving up!